MOST of us can feel smug with our level of ‘going green’ - we recycle, have a compost bin in the garden and maybe cycle to work.
But how many prospective brides and grooms can hold their hands up and say they are actively planning an eco-chic wedding?
For those thinking about planning the big day but with a conscience try a few of the following tips from WeddingPath.co.uk to make sure your dream do is a guilt-free one.
The bride’s dress should emit the wow factor but polyester, which is the basis of many wedding dresses, is made from petrochemicals, is non-biodegradable and involves the intensive use of energy and water in its production.
Silk is better but knowing that the silk worm is often boiled alive or electrocuted in order to extract silk from its cocoon may put brides-to-be off. Peace Silk, which is made from the damaged cocoon that remains after the silk worm has hatched, is an option or why not try second-hand or vintage dresses that could be altered and re-styled. Hiring the dress is also an option.
Couples really don’t want 23 toasters as wedding gifts and luckily there are lots of companies offering fairtrade, charity and eco-friendly wedding lists. How about donating a goat, water and saplings to the third world or receive green wedding gifts that can be enjoyed at home. Some organisations even offer gifts that offset CO2 emissions.
Think local when planning the menu. Source organic local products and consider the season. Strawberries in December have to travel a long way to get onto the plate and why not decorate your organic wedding cake with real flowers?
Opt for florists who can source locally grown and/or organic flowers for your bouquets, buttonholes and venue decoration.
If you have green fingers you could even try growing your own for the big day. Use potted plants or flowers as centre pieces that your guests can take away afterwards and put into their gardens or homes.